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Official: Real Madrid starting XI to face UD Almeria



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When the defending champions of a league take on a newly promoted side, one expects nothing short of demolition of the latter. The same can be said about Real Madrid’s La Liga curtain raiser.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side take on UD Almeria at the Estadio del Mediterraneo and will look to capitalise on Barcelona’s early slip-up. With the Blaugranas dropping points in the very first matchday, it is the perfect chance for Los Blancos to walk away with an early lead.

Ahead of the game against the Andalusian club, Ancelotti’s lineup for the night has been revealed by the club.

Unsurprisingly, Thibaut Courtois starts in goals after a solid display midweek. The Belgian international is guarded by a central defence combination of Nacho and Antonio Rudiger. For the latter, it is his first official start in the white colours.

Flanking the centre-backs are Lucas Vasquez to the right and Ferland Mendy to the left respectively. Needless to say, it is a vital clash for both fullbacks given that both players are not guaranteed starters.

In midfield, the manager has selected a combination of youth and experience. Toni Kroos starts on the night after a stellar display midweek. He will be supported by young Eduardo Camavinga and the debutant Aurelien Tchouameni in the middle of the park.

Captain Karim Benzema starts as the central striker on the night. Vinicius Jr takes the second spot in the forward line as he starts on the left wing. The lineup is completed by Federico Valverde on the right wing.

Official Real Madrid lineup:

VaZquez . Militao . Rudiger . Mendy
Camavinga . Tchouameni . Kroos
Valverde . Benzema . Vinicius

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report



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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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